Rojas: NBI has to move forward after my resignation
MANILA - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) should move forward and maintain focus on its pending tasks and high-profile investigations.
This was resigned NBI Director Nonnatus Rojas' message to his colleagues at the premier investigative agency, on his last day at the bureau.
Rojas met with Justice Secretary Leila De Lima on Friday afternoon following Malacanan's announcement that President Aquino has accepted his irrevocable resignation.
"The NBI has to continue its momentum in building these cases... [it has to] move forward...somehow, the public has regained [yung] kumpyansa sa NBI," Rojas said, in a chance interview with reporters after his meeting with the justice chief.
Rojas, who had served as a public prosecutor for over 20 years prior to his assignment to the NBI, said among his options following his resignation is to return to the DOJ's National Prosecution Service.
"That is among my top options... I will have to knock on doors and apply [for work]," he said.
Rojas thanked the public for its support in the bureau, and his colleagues at the NBI for their support and cooperation in his over a year stint at its helm.
He also thanked President Aquino for the opportunity to serve at the NBI.
"I thank the President for giving me a chance to work in NBI and the Secretary of Justice for her trust. I'd like to thank my people in the NBI for pushing themselves to their limits. Sa akin naman, it's all work," Rojas said.
Among his legacies, he said, is the "reculture" approach, where, apart from mastering their technical and professional skills, officers and personnel at the NBI were also exposed to several trainings on "morals and values."
"Para maging well-rounded sila, and secondly, patrato din sa public. Magaling ka nga, magaspang naman dating mo, sayang naman," he said.
Rojas tendered his irrevocable resignation on Monday, on the heels of a newspaper report quoting President Aquino as having said that the NBI "has its share of 'less trustworthy' officials and agents under [Dir. Rojas]."
De Lima has repeatedly said that Rojas resigned out of delicadeza.
Efforts both by Malacañan and De Lima to convince Rojas to reconsider his decision had been futile.